Cities Archives - Condos For Sale in Vaughan

All posts in Cities

Concord City Place, Toronto is the name given to a large section of former railway land in downtown Toronto that has been redeveloped for multi-use purpose. The term has been more recently used for a large multi-tower condo development in the Harbourfront district. When completed, this area will be the largest residential development ever created in Toronto’s history. The area is bordered by Bathurst Street to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, and Front Street to the north and Blue Jays Way and the Rogers Centre to the east.

Watch A Video About Concord City Place, Toronto – click here To Watch

The current Concord City Place development was conceived by Concord Adex Developments, the same company that helped revitalize a large section of former Expo 86 lands in Vancouver.

Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

More About The Concord City Place Project:

  • Project Size: 44 acres including a 8 acre community park. 7500 residential units upon completion.
  • Residential development is divided into 10 street blocks, numbered from 1 to 10. Each street block contains a number of residential towers with its own sets of common facilities.
  • Block 1 was developed first with 4 towers, namely Matrix A/B and Apex C/D, all with Front Street West addresses. The street block features buildings directly facing the entertainment district and the closest walk to the Financial District.
  • Block 2 features 1 building (Optima) only, directly behind the Rogers Centre, fronting on Navy Wharf Court. It features a heightened privacy comparing to the other interconnected towers. Both Block 1 and 2 were completed before 2003.
  • Block 3 is the largest street block in the entire CityPlace complex, with 4 towers and a mid-rise building, as well as townhouses to decrease the tension of high density development. The project was named Harbour View Estates and was completed in 2006.
  • Block 4 features 2 towers and a mid-rise, mirroring the Harbour View Estates both in location and in design. The buildings are named as WestOne, N1/N2 and The Gallery, was completed in late 2007.
  • Block 5 contains one tower (Montage), completed in early 2009, and a mid-rise building (Neo), completed in late 2008.
  • Block 6 has further progressed in design as trend evolves, with 2 towers and 1 mid-rise, the project is named as Luna.
  • Block 7-8 (Parade) Two 38 story towers with a 2 story bridge at floors 28 and 29, 2 podium buildings and 2 mid-rise buildings
  • Block 9 An 8-acre (32,000 m2) park
  • Block 10 will contain the Panorama building with a 7 story podium/mid-rise and a luxury high rise. The high-rise will feature a number of 1500+sqft units with private elevators. Estimated completion for summer 2010.
  • Number of Units: over 5,000 residential units to date
Read more

 is a small area just east of Toronto’s downtown core. Situated along Front Street, in between Parliament and Cherry Streets, The Distillery District is home to numerous historic buildings AND FRESH NEW RESIDENTIAL CONDOS AND LOFTS.

Watch The Following Video To Learn More About The Distillery District in Toronto – Click here

Two brothers founded the Gooderham and Worts Distillery in 1832 which became the largest in the British Empire specializing in whisky. The old Victorian-era red-brick buildings still stand along with cobble stone pedestrian friendly streets that make up almost the entirety of district.

Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

The Distillery District has become an area associated with creative thinking and expression. The area’s rebirth has been dedicated to promoting arts, culture and entertainment. Over the past few years the historical landmark facility has attracted many new additions, including art galleries featuring local artists, cafes restaurants, festivals, and many unique modern furniture and design retailers.

Typical with downtown living, a nice mix of new construction has happened around the Historic part of The Distillery District. Pure Spirit Lofts and Clear Spirit Condos integrate themselves very well into the historic surround. This mix of new and old creates a fresh vibe to the area and makes The Distillery District one of the hottest areas of downtown Toronto.

The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto. It contains numerous cafes, restaurants and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The 13-acre (52,000 sq. m) district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America.

In 2001, the site was purchased by Cityscape Holdings Inc., which transformed the district into a pedestrian-oriented arts, culture and entertainment neighbourhood. In 2003, the district was reopened to the public to great acclaim. The new owners refused to lease any of the retail and restaurant space to chains or franchises, and accordingly, the majority of the buildings are occupied with unique boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, jewellery stores, cafés, and coffeehouses, including a well-known micro brewery, the Mill Street Brewery. The upper floors of a number of buildings have been leased to artists as studio spaces and to offices tenants with a “creative focus”. A new theatre, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, has opened on the site and serves as the home of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the drama productions of nearby George Brown College. There are plans to develop residential condominiums, offices and more retail space on the vacant lands that surround the district.

There has been some criticism of the district’s redevelopment. Some have suggested that the area’s gentrification has resulted in yet another upscale shopping district competing for the pocket-books of a wealthy demographic, and that opportunities for more publicly-funded uses have been lost. In contrast, others have noted that the district provides important space to local artists, and are supportive of the fact that the district is not dominated by large retail chains.

Regardless of any criticism, the preservation and active re-use of the historic buildings has been widely praised. The Distillery District is a National Historic Site, and has been designated for protection under the Ontario Heritage Act since 1976. It was listed by National Geographic magazine as a “top pick” in Canada for travellers. The redevelopment of surrounding vacant lands is expected to accelerate the district’s transformation from an abandoned industrial site into one of Toronto’s most distinctive neighbourhoods.

Read more

Entertainment District is Nestled squarely within the hum of the Financial District, the waterfront, Union Station, Spadina Ave and historic Queen Street West you’ll find the buzzing hub of the Toronto Entertainment District. Exactly as the name implies, there are theaters, restaurants, bars and galleries a plenty to be found in the District. Also home to all four of Toronto’s major sports arenas, the CN Tower and several Canadian TV stations, the Entertainment District is the spot for work and play.

Watch the following video to learn more about the growth of the Entertainment District: click here to watch

The Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Toronto which is concentrated around King Street West between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue. It is home to theaters and performing arts centers, Toronto’s four major-league sports teams, and an array of cultural and family attractions.

Toronto has emerged as the world’s third-largest center for English-language theater, behind only London and New York.

Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

With a number of hotel brands it is an urban neighborhood packed with an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The area also has a vibrant business community located in modern office towers as well as transformed and preserved historic manufacturing warehouses, office lofts and artists’ studios.

Read more

The Fashion District is in area in Toronto around the intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue. It was once the center of Toronto’s textile industry; however, the jobs have long since left for cheaper places. These days the area is pretty much entirely gentrified and is losing its hipsters to up-and-coming neighborhoods with fewer Starbucks’ and lower rents further west such as West Queen West and Parkdale.

Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

The neighborhood is centered along Queen Street running from University Avenue to Bathurst Street. The section of Queen from University to Spadina has become something of an open air Eaton Centre with chain clothing stores such as Roots and The Gap dominating; despite this, there are still enough diverse restaurants and quirky independent shops to make this section of Queen a worthwhile visit. The stretch of Queen from Spadina to Bathurst is quite another story; the area immediately west of Spadina still contains the remnants of the textile industry: a great many fabric shops. There is also a bit of encroachment on the part of the chain stores with both Urban Outfitters and American Apparel on this side of Spadina. Further west towards Bathurst, Queen starts to feel more like a residential neighborhood, with a few cafes and grocery stores.


This stretch is due to undergo significant revitalization, as a large parking lot at the corner of Portland Street is being developed into a mix of retail and residential units and a burned-out stretch of street further west is rebuilt in the spirit of what was lost.

Read more

The Financial District is a business district within the downtown core of Toronto. It was originally planned as New Town in 1796 as an extension of the Town of York. It is the main financial district in Toronto, and is the financial heart of Canada. It is bounded roughly by Queen Street West to the north, Yonge Street to the east, Front Street to the south, and University Avenue to the west, though many office towers in the downtown core are being constructed outside this area, which will extend the general boundaries. Examples of this trend are the Telus Tower and RBC Centre.

  • Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

It is the most densely built-up area of Toronto, home to numerous banking companies, corporate headquarters, high-powered legal and accounting firms, insurance companies and stockbrokers. In turn, the presence of so many decision-makers has brought in advertising agencies and marketing companies. The banks have built large office towers, much of whose space is leased to these companies. The bank towers, and much else in Toronto’s core, are connected by a system of underground walkways, known as PATH, which is lined with retail establishments making the area one of the most important shopping districts in Toronto. The vast majority of these stores are only open during weekdays during the business day when the financial district is populated. During the evenings and weekends, the walkways remain open but the area is almost deserted and most of the stores are closed.


It is estimated that 100,000 commuters enter and leave the financial district each working day. Transport links are centred on Union Station at the south end of the financial district, which is the hub of the GO Transit system that provides commuter rail and bus links to Toronto’s suburbs.


Major skyscrapers and complexes in the financial district include:

  • First Canadian Place
  • Scotia Plaza
  • Brookfield Place
  • Toronto-Dominion Centre
  • Royal Bank Plaza
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • One King West
  • Exchange Tower
  • Commerce Court
  • Sun Life Centre
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower
  • RBC Centre
  • Bay Adelaide Centre
  • Telus Tower
  • Ritz-Carlton Toronto
Read more

 Condos, Lofts, Townhouses, Funky Shops, Fine Dining, Upscale Lounges and Nightclubs cater to this demographic which has been responsible for the rejuvenation of this prime location within downtown Toronto, BUT THE MAIN REASON TO LOVE KING WEST IS THE HUMAN ENERGY.

King West is fun, lively, memorable… not boring. It’s the kind of place where you might bump into a long-lost friend; stumble across creative inspiration, whether for a song or a new business; or meet the love of your life.

Did you know – King West began as an area full of factories… until developers moved into the area and began converting these old buildings into condos and open concept loft spaces. These early developments drew in young professionals who worked downtown, but were looking for affordable and spacious accommodations, while remaining close to the action associated with urban living.

  • Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

Since construction began, the community of mature and trendy young professionals has evolved King St. West into a popular destination for like-minded people from all over Toronto.

The King West district is an area in Downtown Toronto which is concentrated around King Street West between Spadina Avenue and Dufferin St. More than any other neighborhood in Toronto, King Street West has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last few years. Back in the 90s there were a few standard condo buildings at King and Bathurst, but further west the landscape was dominated by vacant land and abandoned industrial buildings. As far back as 1999, Toronto Life Magazine was already rating the King and Niagara area as one of the most up-and-coming places to live, based on how quickly real estate was selling, and at what percentage of asking price homes were going for.

The Summit condo buildings and townhouses at King and Bathurst were first, followed by City Sphere at 801 King W. Then there was a bit of a lull until UrbanCorp started buying up land and building row after row of stacked condo townhouses and lofts, which continues with their most recent phase, the King Towns, just west of Dufferin. The more upscale Massey Harris Lofts conversion and the construction of the DNA condos made this one of the hottest spots to live.

Single professionals, young families, and even some retired couples have made the community their own, changing it into a modern residential oasis, just a short walk from the art galleries, bars, restaurants, clubs and shopping on Queen West and on King itself. Easy access to the TTC, the Gardiner, and the nearby Dominion supermarket complete the picture of neighborhood convenience.

Read more

LIBERTY VILLAGE… ONE OF TORONTO’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS. It’s full of human energy: it’s fun, lively, memorable… not boring. It’s the kind of place where you might bump into a long-lost friend, maybe stumble across creative inspiration; whether for a song or a new business… OR EVEN MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.

But did you know… Liberty Village was once a heavy industrial area in Toronto, which had been largely abandoned. Re-intensification of the area led to a 45 acre planned community located within the King West District now known as Liberty Village and the ‘Liberty Village‘ name was introduced as a positive ‘brand’ by the property owners and developers in the area in conjunction with the City of Toronto.

  • Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

New construction projects have come to Liberty Village. New condos and townhouses make up the bulk of residential properties and many of the old factories have been converted into lofts, restaurants, gyms, furniture stores and galleries.

From 2004 to the present, the area has experienced phenomenal growth. It began as an area for young professionals and artists pushing further west for less established areas, while still remaining a short walk or streetcar ride from the core. Now, it’s an engine of activity with everything you could possibly want or need within walking distance.

Liberty Village is a neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is bounded at the north by King Street West, the west by Dufferin Street, the south by the Gardiner Expressway, the east by Strachan Avenue, and the northeast by the CP railway tracks. The Liberty Village name was introduced as a positive ‘brand’ by the property owners and developers in the area in conjunction with the City of Toronto. The neighborhood aims to distinguish itself from Parkdale, which now begins west of Dufferin Street. Its location is considered one of its finest assets being a 15 minute walk to the Lakeshore, 20 minute streetcar ride to the financial core and a 20 minute walk from the entertainment/fashion/gallery districts of King St. West.

Partly because of this, Liberty Village has experienced phenomenal growth from 2004 to the present in terms of new condos/lofts, office space, a new park, and a multitude of new shops and restaurants. It has been dubbed by many the “hottest” neighborhood in Toronto.

The ongoing gentrification of downtown Toronto has been pushing farther outwards from downtown (see Queen Street West, Niagara, Distillery District), encouraging rapid development. It has become a trendy neighborhood for young professionals and artists pushing farther west for less established areas, while still remaining a short walk or streetcar ride from the core. Many old factories have been re-purposed as lofts while others have become restaurants, gyms, furniture stores and galleries, as this area was primarily a former heavy industrial area.

The industrial building that used to house a paper company and up until 2003, the Irwin Toy Factory, was converted into industrial residential lofts and mixed commercial use spaces. The Toronto Carpet Factory Building on Mowat Avenue and its surrounding campus of industrial structures is an example of 1900s’ turn of the century industrial architecture and currently houses a mixture of design, technology, media and marketing companies. Old storage and factory spaces at Liberty Street and Hanna Avenue were converted into commercial spaces in the 1980s and 1990s, and they comprise Liberty Market. The Market houses design firms and collectives, media, technology and marketing firms, and an eclectic mix of retail stores. Structures from the old Inglis Factory and the former Massey Ferguson Head Office surround the heart of Liberty Village, further testifying to the industrial history of the neighborhood.

Artscape, a non-profit urban development organization that revitalizes buildings, neighborhoods, and cities through the arts has a strong presence in Liberty Village, providing mixed live/work spaces for local artists. Its influence can be seen throughout the neighborhood and maintains the valued tradition of a neighborhood that was once dominated by artists searching for affordable living and studio spaces.

Liberty Village is known for its successful Art and Design studios, but media and technology companies also have a strong presence in the community. Many Canadian and US design and technology firms have located to Liberty Village, creating many jobs for the increasing number of citizens that have moved into the growing neighborhood.

Offices are mostly concentrated in the west end of Liberty Village. New residential developments are currently focused on East Liberty Street, which begins east of Hanna Avenue. Over 20 new restaurants have opened in the past 3 years, providing the residents and workers in the community with many eclectic places to dine and enjoy their developing neighborhood.

Liberty Village’s name comes from its central street, Liberty St. named in honor of a historic prison reform, the initiative of then Provincial Secretary William John Hanna who forced the closure of Toronto’s Central Prison located north of the CNE and west of Strachan Avenue in 1915. Before it closed, the Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women used to be on the site where Lamport Stadium currently stands. The street where the prisoners, when released, would directly walk on to became known as — “Liberty Street”



Read more

Yonge and Eglinton, also known as Yonge-Eglinton or Uptown, is a neighbourhood in Midtown-Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which was once a part of the old Town of North Toronto.

In recent years, its centralized location has spawned development, including a number of big-box retailers and tall, high density residential towers. Development has concentrated around the Eglinton subway station, and has resulted in a mixed-use neighbourhood with a mix of detached houses, townhouses, and high rises. The Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line is expected to further boost development.

  • Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

The area is home to a variety of small retail stores, restaurants, larger stores, and a mall/movie theatre complex. Numerous public high schools dot the neighborhood, including North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, several private schools, and the TCDSB (Catholic board) Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and St. Monica’s Catholic Elementary School. Public parks in the area include Eglinton Park, Oriole Park and the Belt Line Railway.

It is a popular neighbourhood for young professionals, a fact reflected in one of its nicknames, “Young & Eligible”. Another nickname is “Yonge & Eg.”

Few Historical facts about Yonge and Eglinton

  • When the subway station opened in 1954 it was the northern end of the Yonge subway line, and remained so until 1973 when the line was extended north to York Mills.
  • In 1837 the Confrontation at Montgomery’s Tavern took place just north of the Yonge and Eglinton intersection.
Business at the Yonge & Eg

A number of businesses call the area home, notably retailer Canadian Tire, whose home corporate head offices are located in the Canada Square office complex. Other organizations calling the area home include public broadcaster TVOntario and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Many restaurants and businesses can be found in the area, including sushi, Thai food, Mexican food, and Italian food, among others.


Read more

Queen West Village is Still seen as the holy grail of “trendy” Toronto neighborhoods  Queen West Village has often been imitated… but the real thing is so much better! The neighborhood always manages to weave trendsetting restaurants and the hottest clothing boutiques from emerging city artists.

Queen West Village describes both the western branch of Queen Street, a major east-west thoroughfare, and a series of neighborhoods or commercial districts, situated west of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Queen Street begins in the west at the intersection of King Street, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue. It extends eastward in a straight line to Yonge Street where it becomes Queen Street East; eastbound Queen TTC streetcars loop at Neville Park Boulevard near Queen Street East and Victoria Park Avenue in The Beaches neighborhood.

  • Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

Queen Street was the cartographic baseline for the original east-west avenues of Toronto’s grid pattern of major streets. The western end of Queen (sometimes simply referred to as “Queen West”) is now best known as a center for Canadian broadcasting, music, fashion, performance, and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, Queen West has become an international arts center  and a major tourist attraction in Toronto.

History of Queen West Village

Since the original survey in 1793 by Sir Alexander Aitkin, commissioned by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, Queen Street has had many names. For its first sixty years, many sections were referred to as Lot Street. The first lots laid out in the new city of York (which would be renamed Toronto in 1834) were given to loyal officials who were willing to give up the amenities of modern cities such as Kingston to take up residence in the forests. These 40 hectares (99 acres) lots were placed along the south side of the first east–west road laid in York, Lot Street. In 1837 Lot Street was renamed in honor of Queen Victoria.

“Queen West Village” is local vernacular which generally refers to the collection of neighborhoods that have developed along and around the thoroughfare. Many of these were originally ethnically-based neighborhoods  The earliest example from the mid-19th century was Claretown, an Irish immigrant enclave in the area of Queen Street West and Bathurst Street. From the 1890s to the 1930s, Jewish immigrants coalesced in the neighborhood known as “the Ward”, for which Queen Street between Yonge and University served as the southern boundary. The intersection of Queen and Bay Streets also served as the southern end of a thriving Chinatown in the 1930s. From the 1920s to the 1950s, the area was also the heart of Toronto’s Polish and Ukrainian communities. From the 1950s through the 1970s, many immigrants from Portugal settled in the area. Gentrification over the past twenty years has caused most recent immigrants to gradually move to more affordable areas of the city as desirability of the area drives up prices.

Like other gentrified areas of Toronto, the original “Queen West Village” —the stretch between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue — is now lined with upscale boutiques, chain stores, restaurants, tattoo parlous and hair salons. Perhaps the best-known landmark on this section of Queen West is the broadcast hub at 299 Queen Street West, formerly the headquarters of Citytv and MuchMusic, now housing the broadcast operations of a number of television outlets owned by Bell Media.

Read more

St Lawrence Market, Toronto

ST LAWRENCE MARKET NEIGHBOURHOOD is one ‘HOT’ Toronto area to live in. It’s full of human energy: it’s fun, lively, memorable… not boring. It’s the kind of place where you might bump into a long-lost friend, maybe stumble across creative inspiration; whether for a song or a new business… OR EVEN MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE!

Watch a short video about the St Lawrence Market in Toronto – click here to watch

Surrounded by the historically rich Old Town and national landmarks of Old York, the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood has both retail and history infused along a few city blocks. While the St. Lawrence Market and its over 50 specialty retailers serve as the area’s nucleus, keep your eyes peeled for the Hockey Hall of Fame, Flatiron Building, St. Lawrence Hall and the Victorian & Sculpture Gardens… they are all located within the borders of the Neighbourhood.

Watch a quick video about Toronto, and why its a great place to invest in – Watch Now

Just wander around and take in the ambiance of the fresh fruit vendors or let the aromas of the hot lunches tantalize you.

The St Lawrence Market is the heart of it all, and yet there is still plenty of green space in the area. Grab a book and take a walk to St. James Park, where you can relax and take in the architectural surroundings from the gothic styling of the St. James Cathedral, to the towers of the financial district and even the CN Tower.

From arts and theatres to an abundance of restaurants, cafes, nightly entertainment in neighbourhood bars, there is never a dull moment in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

St. Lawrence Market is a neighbourhood located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The area, a former industrial area, is bounded by Yonge, Front, and Parliament Streets, and the Canadian National railway embankment. The Esplanade off Yonge St., lined with restaurants, cafés and hotels runs through the middle of the area. In previous times, the area was sometimes referred to as ‘St. Lawrence Ward’ or more often today as ‘St. Lawrence Market’, synonymous with the large retail vendor market which is the neighbourhood’s focal point. The area is the site of a large city-sponsored housing project of the 1970s, which revitalized an old ‘brownfields’ area.

History of St. Lawrence Market

The town of York was founded in 1793, on a site of ten blocks north of Front Street between George and Berkeley Streets. The area of today’s St. Lawrence neighbourhood was then below the waterline, the shoreline being just south of Front Street. The area was infilled to provide more land for port and industrial uses adjacent. St. Lawrence was the first industrial area of York.

The first parliament buildings in Upper Canada in 1793 were constructed on the southwest corner of Parliament and Front Street. The buildings have long since gone from the site, but a discovery in 2000 when a quick dig of the property revealed the old parliament building footings, in addition to some pottery from that time. The city and the province now own most of the property. Their is a marker for the First Parliament Buildings at Parliament Square Park, West of Parliament Street, East of Berkeley, and South of Front. The marker is actually south of the original site. The Ontario Heritage Trust has set up the Parliament Interpretive Centre at Front and Berkeley to provide historical information about this parliament that was destroyed by American troops during the War of 1812.

A Saturday farmers’ market began operation at Front and Jarvis in 1803. The current Market building, south of Front, is open daily, selling foods and other goods, while the Saturday farmers’ market operates in the north building, on the north side of Front Street.

In 1834, Toronto’s first city hall was built on the southwest corner of King St. East & Jarvis St. at the old ‘Market’ building from 1834 (the year of Toronto’s incorporation from the former town of York) to 1844. This building was later burnt down during the great fire of 1849 and replaced with the grandiose St. Lawrence Hall and north section of the market, referred to today as the ‘North Market’.

A larger city hall, also housing a police station and jail cells opened in 1845 with a 140′ facade running along south side of Front Street. City Hall was moved out of the area in 1899 to what is now Old City Hall before moving once again to its current location. The former city hall was converted into and expanded into the market gallery or ‘South Market’. The old council chamber is all that remains of the original city hall and is located on the gallery’s second floor.

By 1840, the waterfront was completely taken over by government and merchant wharves. The Esplanade, a 100 feet (30 m)-wide road, was proposed, just south of Front Street, with new water lots made from cribbing and filling of the shore to the south. The waterfront was extended to a survey line from the point of the Gooderham windmill west to a point due east of the old Fort Rouille. Ostensibly for carriages and carts, the roadway eventually became primarily the route for rail lines in the central core. In exchange for 40 feet (12 m) of the Esplanade, the railways underwrote the infilling of the harbour. The Esplanade and infill project was complete by 1865.

Commercial activity along Toronto’s bustling harbour provided employment and was the primary place of entry to the quickly growing, burgeoning city. The convergence of the railway lines and the wharves must have worked because in 1873 historian Henry Scadding so eloquently wrote in his book Old Toronto of The Esplanade “…It has done for Toronto what the Thames Embankment has done for London…”

In the 1920’s, the railway lines were relocated to a new, raised viaduct to the south of the Esplanade. This left the current section between Yonge and Berkeley Street.

St. Lawrence Market Housing Projetct

By the 1960s, the industrial uses of the area had declined, leaving numerous empty sites and decrepit buildings. In the 1970s it was decided by mayor David Crombie to turn the area into a new residential neighbourhood, but one that would not make the same mistakes of the ‘urban renewal’ housing projects of earlier decades. The neighbourhood was to be integrated into the city with no clear boundaries. It would contain a mix of commercial and residential as with both subsidized and market oriented housing, mostly rowhouse or low-rise apartments. The neighborhood was planned by Alan Littlewood and the influence of American urban planner Jane Jacobs played a crucial role. Many of the developments were not completed until well into the 1990s. Since that time, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been critically acclaimed as a major success in urban planning. In many ways, it has become the model for the design and planning of new urban communities across North America.

Since that time, the area around St. Lawrence Market has been redeveloped into a popular downtown residential neighborhood.

Read more